WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has asked both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama to join him for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the economic bailout plan, a White House officials said.
"The President called Sen. Obama tonight around 7:30 pm," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary. "The president has invited the bicameral and bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution."
Obama's campaign said in a statement that he has accepted the invitation.
"A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do," the statement said.
"He has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution."
A McCain adviser said McCain also plans to attend.
– CNN's Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash contributed to this report.
WOW, THE MCSHAME CAMP TRIED TO PULL A FAST ONE TODAY. A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH MORE THAN ONE TASK AT A TIME. THIS MEETING ON THURSDAY SHOULD STILL LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR THE DEBATE ON FRIDAY NIGHT. NICE TRY MCSHAME, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING YOUR LIES ANYMORE.
Does he even need mccain there, wouldn't Bush be speaking for the both of them?
Pelosi, Reid and Obama. reminds you of Larry, Curly and Moe of the Three Stooges fame. And put Biden in there as well and you can see the tragedy for the American People.
Both Obama and Biden voted at least twice for the famous bridge to no where. Then Biden told Katie Couric that FDR appeared on TV during the great depression of 1929. Funny since Hoover was president and TV didn't come into use by the presidents until much much later.
What stooges the Democratic leadership selected. Enny, Menny, Minney, Moe or Larry, Curly and Moe with Biden.
This President makes me sick. Keep politics out of this crisis you ignorant tool. Why don't you work on resolving the situation at hand instead of playing games with America's future.
Secondly, why would you even present a plan to Congress and the American people that allows little to no oversight of this bailout.
This is so political!!!! Ugghhhhh I am so mad that the McCain camp wants to dominate everything and if it gets approved this won't be good...we as America need to see the debate beginning this Friday and no changes should be made.......We deserve this...the committee is on negations on the bailout is handling the situation...McCain is not a good leader and just shows the American people how he cannot deal with this situation.....McCain DOES NOT GET IT....WAKE UP AMERICA!!! McCain will be bad for USA....
Call me paranoid, but I smell a rat. I think the Republicans will stage a coup d'etat in this country.
I agree they should meet with Bush, but this whole cancel the campaign drama by McCain is uncalled for. Now he wants to cancel the VP debate too..Sounds like someone needs more study time and using this crisis as a front...
The debate will still go on.
Bush jumps in to save Mccain's butt.
This is great – Bush and Mccain better listen up to Obama. I want to see them two incompetent idiots taking notes from him.
It's easy to see they one candidate is about me versus the other is about country. The annointed one has been summoned satisfying his "me" needs.
Unfortunately, the last I looked as Senator he gave an oath to do the people's business. To bad it has to be through an RSVP.
Obama would rather see American economy sink in a torturous slow-motion and see millions lose their life savings and homes, rather than losing a few points in the polls by aiding to reach a quick comprehensive non-partisan solution to the wall street crisis.
Now Bush is diving directly into the presidential campaign. This can only help Obama......
Ha Ha Ha!!! So what's your criticism and complaint about NOW....Obama??? You're obviously the Laughing Stock since YOU thought the stupid DEBATE was more important than the National Economic Crisis. Obama, you are an ignoramous.
What is Dumya going to do, show them his collection of little green plastic army men? Surely he has no answers to the latest crisis he and his Republican henchmen have created.
I wonder what the Presidential Suite at Levenworth will look like?
Dumya has done more to destroy this country and our way of life than a thousand bin-Ladens could ever hope to do. He certainly is public enemy #1.
Why not have the VP Debate MOVED UP to Friday. Come Joe Biden. Have a press conference tomarrow!!!!! Challenge to move up the VP debate!
will Bush be wearing a funny hat?
Do not trust Bush...he is a Republican...just like McCain.
Obama will be there...How about a photo op with Bush. This may be McCain's last visit to the White House, other than on a tour!
Hope Obama's wearing a vest and brings his own bodyguards.
Remember when McCain and Obama agreed to do several town hall forums across the country and Obama broke his word...?
Political wrangling at it's finest. I hope someone in the media is able to uncover the true reason McCain is balking on this debate. I do not believe it is a coincidence that his 'urgency' coincides with this first presidential debate.
George Bush is still president, and that's what he should be doing. We"re still paying for him to do his job, although he hasn't been doing it.
Thats all well and good but here are 2 things to remember:
1. Attempting to tie the success of a major piece of legislation to whether a McCain will attend the debate on Friday is a serious flaw in judgement. The debate lasts less than 2 hours and attempting to tie the debate to the bailout plan is nothing short of political pandering.
2. The VP debate has even less to do with the current financial crises. When I heard the McCain camp announce they would call for both debates over the next two weeks to be called off, I have had it. It is wholly unacceptable to remove Palin from all access to the press and the American people. To call for the delay in debates, where an average of 85% of undecided voters make up their minds, is borderline insanity.
McCain is making this into a circus with stunt after stunt that shows he is wholly unqualifed to be the President and has lost this independent voter. Stop making a mockery of this exceedingly important election McCain.
bush is a lame duck and plus mcsme doesn't have something to do with this fail economic because he voted with bush on deregulation on wall street. mcsame is trying to fix the mess that he and his republian had done. this is a gimmick. fighing two wars and fraud what doesn't america expect this country to get better. the chicken is coming to roo for mcain.
There is not a person alive who thinks that it is acceptable to stop paying your mortgage, the electric bill, or stop feeding your kids and getting them to school on time just because your mother is on life support in the hospital.
McCain, Obama, and all of Congress are going to be basing decisions on being counselled and getting the "cliff note" explanation of what's going on.
There is no need for the debate to be suspended.
This is the same as the time out after time out at the end of the game to stretch out the game and delay the inevitable in hopes of some type of comeback.